“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot
I love this quote because I’ve always felt called to explore the realms beyond the boundaries of what others may consider “too far”.
The impulse to investigate the unknown has taken me on some extraordinary inner and outer adventures over the years.
As a result, I’ve discovered what feels like an empowering truth.
It may feel like a risk to step wholeheartedly into the unknown, yet the reward is realizing that it’s also the space of unlimited possibility.
T. S. Eliot’s words are undoubtedly written from personal experience of the intriguing mystery that’s the ever present source of all.
His magnificent creative output is testament to the degree of risk he was prepared to take.
How far that took him shines through his timeless work and will probably continue to light the path for poets, writers and countless others who draw inspiration from his insightful expression.
Crossing the Threshold
The way I see it, “going too far” points towards crossing the threshold that separates the comfort of the known from the discomfort of the unknown.
It’s risky because “not knowing” is often associated with ignorance and shame, and there’s very little encouragement, guidance or support for learning how to embrace it.
Yet the creative process is all about breaking out of the illusory box, letting go of certainties and facing the mystery fearlessly as a way into the uncharted waters of infinite potential.
As author Andre Gide confirms, “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.”
What’s your reaction to T. S. Eliot’s words and how far are you willing to go? Please share your comments or ask a question below. Thank you!